Ambitious Empire Almost Rises to the Occasion 300: Rise of an Empire is, for the most part, set concurrently to the events depicted in Zack Snyder’s audacious, hugely successful (and somewhat influential) adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300. Instead of focusing on one key event, however, this movie, also based on a Miller graphic […]
Charming Mr. Peabody & Sherman a Jovial Historical Jaunt After the opening prologue to DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman I was deathly afraid I was about to watch an animated movie that was going to outright murder a beloved piece of my own personal childhood. The first act of the movie, set in and around […]
Child’s Pose a Prescient Evisceration of Societal Privilege In her eyes, steely-eyed architect Cornelia Keneres (Luminita Gheorghiu) has been a wonderful mother, gifting her son Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache) all he could have wanted. This makes their estrangement all the more upsetting. Why does he distance himself from her? What could she ever have done to […]
Absurd Non-Stop Somehow Still Flies High Federal Air Marshall Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is having a bad day. He’s an alcoholic. He smokes too much. He doesn’t particularly care for his job anymore. For that matter, he doesn’t believe he’s still any good at it. The flight to London is one he doesn’t want to […]
Emotionally Inspiring Lunchbox a Tasty Delight Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is looking to spice up her life with inattentive husband Rajeev (Nakul Vaid). With the help of upstairs Auntie (Bharati Achrekar) she begins putting together complicated, obsessively composed lunchtime meals for him, throwing in as much attention, care and, yes, love into them as she can […]
He and his team make an unabashedly nasty body invasion creature feature, mixing styles, ideas and genres with whiplash speed and fearless confidence. For those who enjoy this sort of thing [Almost Human] is a blood-splattered, human viscera-filled hoot, and without a doubt ends up being the kind of entertainment worthy of multiple viewings even though the gross-out factor is exceedingly high.
Joyous Shoot Me an Inspired Comedic Biography I’m not sure it’s possible to dislike Elaine Stritch. The Tony and Emmy Award winning comedian, now in her 80s, is as vital and as confident as ever, her joie de vivre and zest for living life as apparent now as it has ever been at any point […]
Fiery Pompeii a Volcanic Star-Crossed Love Story For a disaster movie, based on an actual historical event, no less, Pompeii is remarkably restrained. For a gladiator-slash-revenge-slash-star-crossed-lovers-love-story directed by the man behind Resident Evil, Event Horizon, Alien vs. Predator and Mortal Kombat, Paul W.S. Anderson, it is shockingly even more so. Sure it is in 3-D. […]
This movie is a titanic achievement that I’m still mulling over, so many pieces of it speaking with such unabashed eloquence calling the finished film an instant classic is almost a no-brainer.